The New York Legislature has passed a bill that would allow the national popular vote to determine the winner of presidential elections - once a minimum threshold of states agree - rather than relying on the Electoral College system currently in place. If signed by Governor Cuomo, the National Popular Vote inter-state compact would strengthen the democratic process by giving voters across the country an equal say in such elections. As it is, voters in states that reliably prefer one party over another are largely ignored by presidential candidates, with attention going instead to a handful of states perceived to be up for grabs.
Several Democratic legislators said the compact would prevent presidential candidates from taking "safe" states, like New York, for granted. Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver released a statement underscoring the importance of the measure: